Our volunteering opportunities
Thanks very much for your interest in volunteering with us! Due to staff transitions in the Volunteer Programme, we have had to put a temporary hold on volunteer applications, and so are unable to process new applications at this time.
You may want to go check out the roles below, which are among our most popular. If you’re interested in one of them, you can still send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the role in the subject line of the email, and we will follow up with you as soon as we are able to start taking new applications again. There will be a delay in responding to you.
Please keep checking this area of our website to find out more about our latest opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. Don't forget to download the application form and email it to email@example.com!
Sexual Health Volunteers
Volunteers for the Sexual Health Team have been involved in a variety of projects and activities, from assisting with the smooth running of our Sexual Health Clinics, to distributing safer sex packs locally, to attending external events to raise awareness of sexual health issues and our testing services, or conducting surveys around Manchester's Gay Village.
This role gives volunteers the chance to increase their sexual health knowledge, volunteer in a health environment, meet people and build confidence. In order to undertake this role you will need to feel comfortable talking about issues relating to sexual health, and volunteering in a sexual health environment. Training in sexual health will be provided.
Women's Programme Volunteers
Volunteers in this role can engage with a variety of different activities, including distributing leaflets and safer sex packs, engaging with lesbian and bisexual women to promote The LGF and its services, attending events to raise awareness of the LGF Women's Programme, supporting the delivery of LGF women's events such as Sugar and Spice, or taking part in the Women's Programme Advisory Panel and help to shape the development of the Women's Programme.
Volunteers can expect to learn more about LB women's issues, meet LB women, have fun, and get that good feeling of having put something back into the community. We are looking for volunteers who have good communications skills, are able to approach and talk to people about sensitive subjects, and have a good understanding of lesbian and bisexual women's culture.
Village Angel Volunteers
Do you have what it takes to be a hero? Think you'd look good in a pink hi-vis jacket?
Village Angels volunteers go out into Manchester's Gay Village every Friday and Saturday night to support the community and make sure everyone can have a great time and stay safe on their nights out. Volunteers provide advice, support, signposting to services, help to vulnerable people, and basic first aid when needed.
Through this role volunteers can gain team working skills, experience speaking to members of the public, and skills in providing help and support. We are looking for volunteers who are confident, resilient, calm in challenging situations, and have a good understanding of LGBT communities.Village Angels training will be provided.
Community Leader Volunteers
Do you feel passionate about LGBT people having equality of access to health services? Do you think you could help us to develop targeted awareness campaigns on health inequality issues affecting the LGBT community?
Volunteers will be working with NHS organisations to better address LBGT health needs by liaising with local Healthwatch organisations, Patient Advice & Liaison Groups, and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Volunteers in this role can expect to increase their knowledge of health services, learn how to engage with their local networks to get their voices heard, and increase their confidence in public speaking. We are ideally looking for volunteers with a good general understanding of health issues which affect LBGT people, and a good level of confidence in speaking to health professionals. We are currently developing accredited training to accompany this role.
Our befriending volunteers offer support to anyone who feels they need help in: building their confidence, improvidng their social networks, getting to know the area, improving their wellbeing, or breaking their sense of isolation.
As a befriending volunteer you will meet with your befriendee for 10 sessions, where you might meet for a coffee and a chat, go for something to eat, or engage in an activity such as going to a gallery, cinema, or to the theatre.
As a befriender you can expect to develop skills such as motivating people, listening skills and building rapport. For this role we are looking for volunteers who have good communication skills, a good understnading of LGBT communities, and are enthusiastic and confident. Training in Befriending will be provided--the next half-day training session will take place in early April.
Face to Face Counselling Volunteers
We are looking for qualified counsellors to join our multidisciplinary team of volunteer Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Counselling Psychologists, Telephone Counsellors, Creative Therapists and Relationship Counsellors. The service offers brief counselling of between six and twelve sessions with the possibility of further sessions after a breathing period of 3 months. Volunteers can expect to enrich their skills working with a diverse group of LGB&T clients bringing a wide variety of complex issues. Benefits include city centre location, daytime and evening appointments, contributions towards supervision costs and travel expenses, peer support and supervision meetings, excellent package of personal development opportunities.
FOR TRAINEE COUNSELLORS: our counselling service is a popular placement choice for many students across the region. We have filled all of our placement spaces and our next recruitment event for trainee counsellors will take place between December 2015-January 2016. Applications will be accepted from September 2015. For more information on requirements, please visit our Counselling page.
LGF Direct Volunteers
LGF Direct integrates our helpline, email advice and pop-in services, and volunteers in this role provide information, advice, and support to thousands of people every year. The goal of the LGF Direct service is to provide a one-stop information, advice and support service, to enable our service users to increase their awareness and knowledge in addressing their health (sexual, mental and physical) needs, increase their knowledge of their legal rights and how to utilise them appropriately and improve awareness of available support options to assist in reducing their isolation and improving their social networks.
Volunteers help us deliver this though a variety of our support services, including, phone, email, letter, pop-ins and live chat through our website. To undertake this role, you should have excellent communication and listening skills, be confident and comfortable in discussing personal matters with a wide range of people whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries, be good at thinking on your feet, and be trustworthy, honest, and non-judgemental. You can expect to develop such skills as team work skill, speaking to members of the public, talking about sensitive subjects, and skills in providing help and support. Training will be provided--the next full-day training sessions will take place in late March or early April.
Foundation Magazine Volunteers
Do you enjoy investigating and writing about LGBT issues and news? Or do you have a keen eye for colour and know your way around InDesign? Do you want to have your work published while benefitting LGBT people? Then this could be the volunteer role for you. If you’ve read any issues of Foundation magazine, the LGF’s magazine for volunteers, you’ve seen the work of the dedicated volunteer writers, photographers, and graphic designers who pull it together for you every two months. Time commitment involves one hour-long planning every other month, and then volunteers each spend a couple of hours per month researching and writing, or doing the layout and designs of the magazine.
The LGF is in hot demand and we are seeking to develop volunteers to represent The LGF at external events. We get asked to attend fresher’s fairs, health events, new community projects, and community fetes, and we need you to take the message of The LGF out to the wider community. Some of these opportunities are during the working day, others are weekends, some are one hour and others are all day.
Full training and support will be provided, and this flexible role will really support The LGF having a greater reach as well as developing your networking and communication skills. It's ideal for confident, outgoing people who feel comfortable speaking to members of the public about LGBT issues, and who understand the importance of being professional and diplomatic.
If we don't have any current opportunities that you're interested in, we also advertise our volunteering opportunities on our weekly eBulletin, so please visit www.lgf.org.uk/register and sign-up! Make sure you tick the box to sign up to our eBulletin.
We welcome volunteer applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age, but, as women, ethnic minority groups, members of the trans community and religious and faith groups are currently under-represented among our volunteers, we would encourage applications from members of these groups.